Minn Kota Vs Rhodan Trolling Motors (3 Key Differences)
UPDATED 15 MAY 2022
by Eric Bartlett
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If you’re looking for a new GPS anchor trolling motor, then Rhodan and Minn Kota are currently two of the best brands on the market.
But deciding which of these two brands is best for your purposes can be challenging, since they both come with a long list of features, and are broadly similar in many areas.
That means you need to dive into the details in order to find the key differences between them.
In order to help you decide whether to get a Rhodan or Minn Kota trolling motor, we’ve systematically compared the most important features of both brands side by side in this article.
Rhodan vs Minn Kota trolling motors compared side by side
The table above compares the most important specs of different size Rhodan HD GPS trolling motors with Minn Kota Riptide Terrova trolling motors of similar size.
The reason why we chose the Riptide Terrova as the Minn Kota model to compare with Rhodan is because both of these lineups are specifically designed for use in saltwater environments, and have broadly comparable features.
Now let’s take a closer look at the main features, and discuss their key differences in more detail, so you can decide which one is best for your purposes.
The most important differences between Minn Kota and Rhodan trolling motors
Here is a breakdown of the main specs and features of the two lineups, so you can see what sets them apart from each other.
While both Rhodan and Minn Kota build high-end spot lock trolling motors, if you compare the Riptide Terrova trolling motor series with comparable Rhodan HD GPS trolling motors, you’ll notice that the Terrova is consistently cheaper by several hundred dollars.
And especially when it comes to the powerful 24V and 36V models, this translates into a $400 to $500 difference in pricing, which can be an important factor in any buying decision.
Bottom line: The Minn Kota Riptide Terrova lineup is on average 10 to 20% cheaper compared to similar models of the Rhodan HD GPS trolling motor series.
Thrust and voltage
Both lineups have very similar pound thrust ratings, with the only difference being that the 36V Rhodan model comes with 120 pounds thrust, compared to 112 pounds on the 36V Riptide Terrova.
This makes it slightly stronger, which could be an important factor if you have a large boat, and regularly encounter strong wind or current. In terms of voltage, both lineups are identical, as they come in 12V, 24V, and 36V models.
While both lineups cover a wide range of shaft lengths (ranging from 36” to 87”), the Rhodan HD GPS series has more options at the shorter end of the scale.
The shortest Rhodan shaft lengths are 36” and 48”, which are available on their 12V model, while the shortest option on the Terrova is 54”. So if you need a spot lock trolling motor with extra short shaft length (for a kayak, for example), then the 12V Rhodan is your only option.
Bottom line: The Rhodan trolling motor series provides a greater selection of shorter shaft lengths than the Minn Kota lineup.
Neither the Rhodan nor the Riptide Terrova lineup comes with a built-in sonar transducer. However, if this is a feature that you’re specifically looking for, then you can get it in several of the Minn Kota lineups designed for freshwater use (including the regular Terrova series).
Spot lock/GPS anchor functionality
Both trolling motor lineups come with spot lock, though they use slightly different terminology for this functionality. Minn Kota calls it spot lock, while Rhodan calls it a GPS anchor. But in essence, both trolling motor series come with a state of the art GPS spot lock that can hold a boat within 3 to 6 feet of a specific set of GPS coordinates.
In addition to basic spot lock, both lineups also come with jog functionality, which allows you to move a few feet from one spot to another with just the click of a button, and this is great for systematically covering a specific area while fishing.
See also: Minn Kota spot lock problems
The Riptide Terrova lineup comes with autopilot functionality, which allows you to maintain a specified course without having to pay attention to the motor (which can even correct for the effects of wind and current). The Rhodan trolling motor lineup doesn’t have any comparable autopilot functionality.
Bottom line: While the Minn Kota Riptide Terrova series comes with autopilot functionality, the Rhodan HD GPS lineup does not have this feature.
While both the Rhodan and Minn Kota lineups are designed and built in the USA, both are known to have technical problems on occasion.
Based on our experience, plus extensive research of fishing forums, the Rhodan trolling motor series is a little more prone to technical issues than the Minn Kota lineup. On the other hand, the Rhodan customer support is world class, and they get most problems solved within a few days.
See also: Rhodan trolling motor issues
Is Rhodan better than Minn Kota?
Based on the experience of my team and I, both Rhodan and Minn Kota trolling motors are of extremely high quality, and when comparing similar models directly with each other, they compete head to head, and usually without a clear winner.
In other words, you can’t really make a mistake if you get either a Rhodan or a Minn Kota, since they’re both likely to serve you well.
With that being said, however, the fact that Minn Kota trolling motors have autopilot functionality, and come at a lower price point, makes Minn Kota the winner in my book, though by a very narrow margin.
This concludes our article comparing Rhodan trolling motors side by side with the Minn Kota Riptide Terrova trolling motors, as the latter lineup comes in the same size range, and has broadly similar specs and features to the Rhodan series.
As you can see, both lineups provide excellent spot lock trolling motors, and so you need to decide which one is better for you based on specific details. You may also want to base your choice on whether there is a Rhodan or Minn Kota repair shop in your area, since that would save you from having to mail the whole unit in for repairs.
Finally, it’s important to keep in mind that Minn Kota provides many other trolling motor lineups, including the PowerDrive, Ulterra, and Ultrex series, which come with a wide range of additional features that might be worth considering.